Valentine's day is just around the corner and that can either be extremely exciting, or nauseating depending on what type of person you are. However, my philosophy has always been to use it as a day of love. It doesn't always have to be a significant other; it can be your family, friends, dog, cat, whatever you want. But love is so important and there is no hurt in taking a day out of the year to show all of the special people in your life how much you appreciate them!
Here is a guide on how to have a successful Val/Gal/Whatever you celebrate-entines Day!
Don't be stressed out about making plans, where you are going to go and what you are going to do. Take a deep breathe, send a group message to all your friends, buy a bottle of wine... it will be okay.
If you have a significant other, same rules apply. Don't feel pressured to have an extravagant Instagram worthy evening. Do what you want, if that means going out to a fancy dinner, great. If that means ordering a heart shaped pizza from Papa Johns, even better.
Share the love
I am not saying that you have to give everyone a big juicy kiss on the lips, but you need to show them how much you love them! That can be through a card, a gift, or even something as simple as just telling them! Sometimes it can be fun to make a little gift package for all you friends or family just as a cute little valentine (candy and bath bombs are never a bad idea).
Eat all the candy
Breaking news: you're not going to go to jail for breaking your new years resolution or summer bod prep by eating candy for one day. Embrace the tradition and stuff your face, we won't tell. Live a little.
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing on this special day. Just be thankful for the people you have and the love that surrounds you! Holidays have become somewhat of a competition it seems and it can be hard not to notice it and fall into the trap. But I challenge you to look away and be happy with what you have, whatever that may be!
Don't fall into the Valentine's Day blues
America makes just as much money off of anti-Valentine's Day as they do Valentine's Day, so cut the act and be happy. Life's short.
Create new traditions
I have never been a huge Valentine's Day person (single or in a relationship), but this year I am challenging myself to start a new tradition that I can look forward to every year! (Make my boyfriend buy me 7 boxes of chocolate? sounds good to me)
Get in the spirit
I never turn down a good theme, and Valentine's Day is an easy one to play along with. We have 3 Valentine's Day shirts that you can shop in-store and online that are perfect for any plans you may have. Be festive!
Last bit of advice, BE YOU. Do what you want, celebrate how you want and do it with whomever you want! It's a day about love so do what you love! And always remember that you are loved by someone.
The RL team
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